|Tuesday Night Stockings|
|Wednesday Morning Stockings|
|Off to Packet Pickup. With 'Tude!|
|With last minute add-ons...|
After many stockings, we traveled to Des Moines for the Packet Pick-up. An easy in-and-out affair with hardly any crowds or traffic to speak of. We grabbed her stuff and shirt and hat...And spent the rest of the night in the hotel hot tub (We got an Upgrade!) What fun!
|Look at the Turkey made of shoes!|
|Pinning on the Bib.|
|Bib with her name on it.|
It was cold this morning, but windless! Cheryl dressed in her Ninja Tights and attached her bib. Off to the race!
|Showing off the Start Line|
|Too Few Port-a-jons.|
|Cheryl runs past me at the start!|
|At mile 2.5|
Cheryl ran past me without me even noticing her. That is the problem when she dresses like a ninja. She blends in to all the OTHER ninjas.
|At mile 4.5|
|Cheryl runs for the Finish!|
I was able to catch her at mile three and mile 4. (I love looped courses!) And I still had the chance to catch her near the finish line. Too bad most of those pictures turned out blurry. Still, I'm thankful for the pics I have.
|Cheryl takes a sip.|
|Hot Cocoa and Cool cup.|
|Check out the size of this tree!|
|She wanted to see the city.|
|Thanksgiving Pie Buffet!|
|Cheryl's "Cool" pose.|
|A close up. So you can tell it is her.|
We ended up going to our HyVee in Coralville and buying some Sushi, smoked Salmon dip, shrimp ring, and crackers. Basically snack foods. Probably better in the long run as we will not try to stuff ourselves with "Buffet-Style" Turkey Dinner. I'm one of those guys who always tries to eat their money's worth! Not very good for the waist-line.
So that is all for our thanksgiving. Cheryl ran a decent race, placing 4th in her age group. Her average pace was 7:45 for the five mile run. Not her best, but faster than she has been able to run since her injury. She is happy, and is looking forward to her next race. Perhaps, weather permitting, we will squeeze one last race in before the new year. (If stockings allow.) In the mean time, I will finish my last huge piece of Pumpkin pie and try not to think about all that food we missed out on. My waist-line will thank me.
|A longing last glance before we head back.|
I hope everyone else who stops in today is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I discover ( all the time, actually) that Thanksgiving is so much more than just eating food. ( then again, the pilgrims probably thought different.) I'm happy and thankful that Cheryl and I can run around the country running in these various races. ( Well, Cheryl runs; I watch...mostly.) And I'm sure Cheryl is just thankful that she can run again. I think the blog misses the running events the most. They give me something to do other than play video games. Thanks for stopping in.